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How Do You Get Infected With Hiv

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Safer Injection Guidelines That Can Reduce Health Risks Including Getting Infected With HIV or Hep

It is safest to use a new, sterile syringe and equipment (including cotton, filters, caps, spoons, cookers and alcohol swabs) every time you inject. You can get new syringes in exchange for used ones at needle exchange programs or you can purchase them without a prescription in some pharmacies in some states such as California. Needle exchanges and other harm reduction programs can sometimes also provide you with cotton, alcohol swabs, sterile...
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resubmitted form the Fatigue and Anemia Forum: Discordant couple - Risk of HCV transmission (Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex With Men: An Expanding Epidemic, 2010 )

I have been HIV+ about 5 years now and take Atripla as treatment. My CD4 is 650, viral load below detection. Very recently I have also been found HCV positive. My boyfriend is HIV and HCV negative. We are very much into fisting. He is top only and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Recent epidemiological studies have found increasing rates of hepatitis C in MSM (men who have sex with men). See below. Associated risk factors include HIV infection, intravenous drug use, fisting and use of GHB (gamma hydroxyl butyrate).... Read more »

Oportunistic infections during hiv acute infection

I've read that CD4 count drops during hiv acute infection. Does this mean that during acute infection an individual is more prone to develop opportunistic infections? If they occur, do these opportunistic infections go away by themselves or...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
It would be extremely unusual for someone with acute HIV infection to develop an OI. CD4 counts do not usually decrease to a point that puts one at risk for OIs. Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that affects millions of people world... Read more »

Co-infection HIV-1 and HIV-2

Hi, I was diagnosed positive two weeks ago to both HIV-1 and HIV-2. My first labs are 576 CD4 and 22.000 copies of HIV-1. I am currently living in Japan and unfortunately, I was told that there is no way to know the viral load of HIV-2. I am worried...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
It is difficult to get HIV-2 viral load results outside of a research study or research labs. Your current HIV-1 status indicates that you have a normal CD4 count and a modest HIV-1 viral load level. As you may know, those with HIV-2 infection... Read more »

Dual infection hiv1/hiv2

Hi ran from the Philippines 27 I'm diagnose positive recently this November 28 2012 and in one test is reactive in hiv1 and non reactive in HIV 2 and the second test that they did is the western type test both hiv1 and HIV2 are reactive! Can...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
It is likely that the test results only represent HIV-1 infection.... Read more »
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Infection and HIV.

Posted by Anonymous
I've heard that during HIV infection, lymph nodes are usually swollen but RARELY tender and painful.
While they might be swollen and painful during ARS due to flu-like symptoms, that are rarely painful for months on end.

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I have a co-infection;HIV, and HEP-C.

Posted by stevepalma, 1 Reply
I found out that i had this co-infection(hiv,hep-c) in 2002.My doctor says that it is very hard to treat,however with sticking to my meds;this includes hiv meds, and interferon,i now have the hep-c under control after 30 weeks of a 48 week... Read more »

Yeast infections and HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have read that recurrent yeast infections are a sign of HIV. I was tested 2 1/2 months after myexposure and it was negative, yet I have had two yeast infections since. During this time I also started taking birth control pills. Did anyone that is... Read more »

hep co infection hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
does anyone know if co infection would slow down the window period for either disease. are there any written documents on this.does antone know .when the average person would test posiyive for hep -c or hep b help please

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